Gardens – there are too many categories here I know, but for blog brevity’s sake this includes zen-style rock gardens (and the attached temples), religious and secular gardens.

Classic zen designs - wish I knew the name of this temple.

Checkered stone and moss that begins orderly and then erodes into chaos – Tofukiji temple
The dynamic lines of a sand garden at Ginkakuji

The gardens of Honen-in

Extras – a few nice photos that didn’t really fit anywhere else.

These monks were marching down a suburban alley, spacing themselves out at intervals and stopping, chanting sonorously all the while

A cat outside Sanjusangen-do looking rather like an image from a Hiroshige print

Our Lady of the Flying Fists boxing gym and chapel

A restaurant entrance in Ishibe-koji